In our news wrap Friday, a man who spent nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row walked out a free man after prosecutors admitted the only physical evidence of two murders did not link him to the crime. Also, Saudi Arabia stepped up their efforts to fight the Yemen’s Shiite rebels. Saudi warplanes air-dropped supplies and weapons to fighters loyal to the president, and carried out more airstrikes. Continue reading
While living in Oklahoma, Julie Green learned about the final meals for inmates on death row. Deeply affected, she began painting those meals onto second-hand porcelain plates. To date, Green has completed 600 plates, which will be on display this spring at the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, OH, in an exhibit titled “The Last Supper: 600 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates”. Continue reading
The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma. Continue reading
As foreign supplies have dwindled, traditional lethal injection drugs are being replaced with others manufactured in the U.S. But inmates and lawyers are questioning whether these new drugs will result in death without undue pain and suffering. Gwen Ifill takes a closer look at the issue with Megan McCracken of the University of California, Berkeley and Joel Zivot of Emory University. Continue reading
The case being argued Monday at the court centers on how authorities determine who is eligible to be put to death, 12 years after the justices prohibited the execution of the mentally disabled.
A parole board in Georgia has rejected clemency for inmate Troy Davis, who is slated to be executed Wednesday. Uproar over the case has revived questions about how the death penalty is applied. Gwen Ifill talks to The Heritage Foundation’s Charles Stimson and Vincent Southerland of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Continue reading
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Texas does not have to reopen the case of a Mexican national on death row, rebuking President Bush, and heard arguments in a terrorism detainee rights case. The National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle explains the day in court. Continue reading